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December 17, 2014

If so, it’s never been who you think

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words — Happy Holidays!

For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday.

Last year ‘The Kelly File’, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

December 17, 2014

Father says her fears were 'misplaced'

A British girl who was found dead in September hung herself rather than come out as gay to her parents, an inquest has heard.

Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, was discovered in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester at around 11.15pm on 10 September.

In the months before her death, she confided to friends that she thought she was a lesbian but was scared to tell her Christian parents.

Her friends told the coroner that Lizzie, 14, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, and was 'finding it hard to connect with God as she thought she was lying to him.'

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 16, 2014

Tori Johnson wrestled the gunman giving several hostages time to escape

The gay manager of the café at the center of the Sydney hostage crisis has been hailed a hero for wrestling the gunman before he was shot dead.

Tori Johnson, 34, lunged at hostage-taker Man Haron Monis as he shot at several fleeing hostages at around 2am this morning, giving them time to escape.

Johnson was shot trying to take the gunman's weapon and died later in hospital.

Barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, was also killed while shielding her pregnant friend and four others were injured.

December 14, 2014

The perfect Soho location for a quintessential London weekend

My friend Andreas from Copenhagen was in town so I booked us into the Z Hotel in Soho to ensure that we were in the heart of the action for the fairly frenetic itinerary that we had planned – shop; drink; party; sleep; repeat.

Soho in London is the city’s recognised gay village, a dense network of small streets, awash with cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent stores and sex shops.

December 13, 2014

Planning your winter ski trip? Grab your mates and do it in style

With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 9, 2014

Menswear will be in the spotlight as the fashion world parties in the UK capital

January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

December 7, 2014

Throughout much of his childhood, Matthew McVarish was repeatedly sexually abused by an uncle. He's now on a mission to walk through 32 European capital cities to help end the silence that persists around child sexual abuse

When Matthew McVarish was first taken to see the film Forrest Gump, at the age of 11, little did he know that – years later – it would prove to be the inspiration for his current endeavor.

The Scotsman is nearing the end of his ‘Road to Change’: an 20-month mission to walk 10,000 miles across Europe, visiting the capital cities of 29 countries in an effort to raise awareness around child sex abuse and to break down the stigma victims feel in talking about their experiences.

December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 5, 2014

Former boating and leisure businesswoman on how she started her killer fashion brand

When it came to launching Wizard Jeans, Sally Allen-Gerard's wealth of expertise and experience has helped her make some very wise business decisions. 'Funnily enough, there are actually a lot of transferable skills in moving across many diverse industries – certainly more than one would think,' says Sally.

'Every business has the same common denominators: hard work, determination and common sense – oh, and in my case, a financial and banking background didn’t go astray either!'

December 4, 2014

A new app that phone users can download and use to report hate crimes is among several plans that have been announced by City Hall following a rise in homophobic hate offenses

As GSN reported last month, there has been a sharp increase in homophobic attacks in London in the past 12 months, with Scotland Yard reporting 1,073 violent homophobic offences between January and October alone (compared to 1,007 for the whole of 2013).

December 4, 2014

We speak to brand owner and designer Hoss Salimian about his dapper brand

Known for his zesty colour palette and eccentric prints (from flowers to fish to cars), Iran-born businessman and designer Hoss Salimian launched his affordable luxury brand Claudio Lugli in the early 90s.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 3, 2014

The talk show host and her actor wife looked radiant, relaxed and happy in a make-up free selfie to mark their anniversary

Portia de Rossi has confirmed that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres celebrated their tenth anniversary on Monday (1 December) – and to mark the occasion, she tweeted a couple of gorgeous photos of the two of them over the weekend.

Clearly the women, who met in December 2004 and married in August 2008, enjoyed some quality time together ahead of their anniversary. This included taking a stroll on the beach – where they snapped a make-up free selfie of themselves.

December 3, 2014

While some Texas county clerks are preparing to issue licenses, others have said that they will refuse gay couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay on a ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban

Campaigners are hopeful that a stay on a ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban in Texas could soon be lifted. This could mean that gay couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses within the state.

However, the Texas Observer reports that some couples may be left bitterly disappointed, as some county clerks have indicated that they will refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay.

December 3, 2014

Victim's mother and others believe he was murdered because he was gay and his killer wasn’t sure if he wanted to be

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, another shooting death on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, has gotten scant attention beyond the local news.

The victim was a 22-year-old gay, black man named Dionte Greene.

Greene was shot in the face while sitting in the front seat of his car, the engine still running, on the morning of Halloween.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

December 1, 2014

WHO issues a call to action after new data shows nearly half a million people in the country are living with HIV

The World Health Organization has issued a call to action to China after government figures revealed nearly half a million people were living with HIV and 25% of new cases were among gay men.

A total 497,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in China, with 154,000 deaths, since the country's first case in 1985, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission data released yesterday (30 November).

There were 87,000 new diagnoses on the mainland in the first 10 months of this year, more than 90% of which were sexually transmitted.

November 27, 2014

'John Gielgud was obsessed with trousers, loved corduroy and leather. And so he wrote a film set in a menswear shop'

Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud wrote a gay porn script that could go into production next year.

The English thespian penned the screenplay for Peter de Rome, who made gay porn in New York in the 60s when homosexuality was illegal, and was the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn.

November 25, 2014

Grand jury does not charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen

LGBTI rights groups have condemned the lack of indictment in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

A St Louis grand jury has not charged police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri three months ago.

The case sparked outrage in majority-black Ferguson and heightened longstanding tensions with the majority-white police force.

The National LGBTQ Task Force (NLTF) described the decision not to indict Wilson as 'shocking and painful for millions.'

November 23, 2014

Activists want 19 Kids and Counting taken off the air, after the Duggar family have been accused of inciting hatred against gay and transgender people

158,000 people have signed an online petition called ‘End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.’

The petition on Change.org is targeting the Duggar family of US TV show 19 Kids and Counting which has aired on the The Learning Channel (TLC) network since 2008.

The show follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from Tontitown, Arkansas. They are described as ‘devout Independent Baptists and adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement.’